Pair of Kitchener Rangers, Kitchener and Waterloo natives drafted to the NHL
Kitchener Rangers player Michael Vukojevic after he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Published Sunday, June 23, 2019 12:20PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, June 23, 2019 12:28PM EDT
K-W was well-represented at the 2019 NHL Draft.
Michael Vukojevic and Greg Meireles both heard their named called in Vancouver.
Vukojevic was taken 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the third round.
“My legs are still shaking, I’m so excited to join the Devils organization.” pic.twitter.com/R969IsSqTx— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 22, 2019
“My legs are still shaking. I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” he said. “I’m just so happy to be here and to be a part of a great organization like New Jersey.”
Vukojevic played in all 68 regular season games for the Rangers and compile three goals, 26 assists, and 29 points.
Meireles was passed over in the two previous drafts, but ended up getting called up in the sixth round to the Florida Panthers. He was the 168th overall pick.
Meireles had a career high 97 points, 36 goals, and 61 assists this past season. He also recorded the longest point streak in the OHL with 20 straight games.
Kitchener native Cole Schwindt and Waterloo’s Keean Washkurak were also selected in the draft.